TITLE

Dealing with Employee Absenteeism

AUTHOR(S)
Haswell, Matt
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Management Services;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article provides advice for employers on how to deal with employee absenteeism. Sick leave and absenteeism can take a heavy toll on a company's productivity and place a huge financial burden on employers. In addition to lost revenue, sick pay and the costs of temporary cover, the employer may need to adapt the workplace, implement a rehabilitation strategy and operate a support programme for employees who have become incapacitated. Employers can take a number of steps to reduce absenteeism, such as giving responsibility for absence management to senior or human resource managers rather than line managers, introducing return to work interviews, introducing discipline procedures and others. It is unlikely that in any organization absenteeism can be completely eradicated and employers should therefore make financial provision for payment of sickness benefit. By providing a regular payment of a proportion of an employee's earnings during a period of extended absence through sickness, injury or accident, they ensure there remains an incentive to return to work. The British Health and Service Executive advises managers to carry out a risk assessment to find out if they are placing undue demands on their workforce.
ACCESSION #
11747652

 

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